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Summary

London, 1936.

Lena Aldridge is wondering if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn’t worked out. Instead, she’s stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho, and her married lover has just left her. She has nothing to look forward to until a stranger offers her the chance of a lifetime: a starring role on Broadway and a first-class ticket on the Queen Mary bound for New York. 

After a murder at the club, the timing couldn’t be better and Lena jumps at the chance to escape England. Until death follows her onto the ship and she realises that her greatest performance has already begun.

Because someone is making manoeuvres behind the scenes, and there’s only one thing on their mind….

Murder.

Miss Aldridge Regrets is the exquisite new novel from Louise Hare. A brilliant murder mystery, it also explores class, race and pre-WWII politics, and will leave listeners reeling from the beauty and power of it. 

©2022 Louise Hare (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Glamour and grit combine in this smartly plotted, wonderfully atmospheric historical murder mystery, with a heroine I won't forget. I loved it." (Frances Quinn, The Smallest Man)

"Giving off the best Agatha Christie vibes but also compelling issues of race and identity.... Keeps you guessing until the end." (Julie Owen Moylan, The Green Eyed Girl)

"Perfectly evokes the glamour of the Queen Mary as well as the gritty underbelly of 1930s Soho. Beautiful writing, striking characters and a twisting plot make this a compelling read." (Anita Frank, The Return)

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I liked the story and it kept me interested until the end. The narrator was good on accents, but I found it a bit one paced at times. There were many occasions on which there were pauses that were slightly too long between or within phrases/sentences and although it was jarring at the start, I largely got used to it. Overall, a really enjoyable listen.